TRIBUTE TO KIERKEGAARD

Thursday, June 6

Synopsis

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
“Life can only be understood backwards. But it must be lived forward” Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard was born on May 5, 1813 in Copenhagen. He was the youngest child of seven. Kierkegaard was influenced early in life by the devoutly religious teachings of his father which concentrated on Christ’s suffering. In 1830 Kierkegaard went to study theology, philosophy and literature at the University of Copenhagen. In 1834 his mother died, and he began the famous journal that he would keep for 20 years. He had decided that he must know himself before he could know what he would do with his life. In 1837 he moved away from home to work teaching Latin at Borgerdydskolen. In 1838 his father died. In the same year, Kierkegaard published a critique of H.C. Andersen’s novel “Kun en Spillemand” entitled “Af endnu en Levendes Papirer”. In 1840 he became engaged to Regine Olsen, a woman he had known since he had first moved away from home. He broke the engagement soon thereafter, however, believing that domestic responsibility would hinder him in his philosophical calling. He entered into a life of seclusion, writing and publishing constantly for the next ten years. His works and ideas were centred around existentialism, love, religion and self-awareness, with such title as “Either or”, “Fear and Trembling” and “Works of Love”. After his death he served as an inspirational source for people world-wide.

Professors Jad Hatem and Nicole Hatem from Université Saint-Joseph will present this special tribute which will be followed by the screening of two short films around Kierkegaard and his work.

See me now (15′)

Director: Trine Nadia

Writers: Trine Nadia & Hanne Korvig

Ronja is living a double life. Torn between family and love she eventually has to choose. The film was made especially for the bicentenary of the birth of the Danish philosopher Soeren Kierkgaard and is inspired by his existential ideas of taking control of your own life and freeing yourself from conventional thinking.

Dollface (15′)

Directors: Thilde Maj Holgersen, Andreas Steen Sørensen

Writer: Thilde Maj Holgersen

In this loosely based adaption of Kierkegaard’s Diary of a Seducer, we meet the intelligent and narcissistic 9-year-old Johanne. She is on holiday at her aunt Jette, who has a doll too precious to be played with. She engages in a seductive campaign to win the doll from her aunt. But are all earthly delights sweeter in expectation than enjoyment?

 

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